The first cycle of the Beginner English Language Lessons Plus – BELL+ Program conducted from October 2017 to June 2018 is successfully completed. Funded by the U.S. Embassy to Serbia, the program is implemented by American Councils Belgrade in collaboration with eight American Corners across the country.
We are happy to say that 384 people successfully completed regular BELL+ courses. The average SLEP score increase (difference between the results gained in the pre and the post SLEP testing) is 8.31 points, which is significantly higher than the projected 3.
Since the goal of the BELL+ program is to strengthen learners’ language skills relevant to the challenging job market in Serbia, 5,6 classes (out of 24) were devoted to work and employment-related vocabulary and topics. 90% of our learners practiced mock job interviews and learned to produce a CV in English. As a result almost 100% of respondents believe that the program helped them in improving their employability skills.
In addition, 98.5% of the BELL+ learners think that they improved their understanding of American culture and values which certainly is a result of the materials and teacher approach which was carefully adjusted to learners’ needs. The BELL+ teachers, most of them UGRAD or FLEX (ASMYLE) alumni, benefited by receiving valuable instructions and training relevant for work with adult learners and gained more teaching confidence.
For the American Councils Belgrade Office staff, the BELL+ Program has been a great opportunity to expand our professional and personal network and meet wonderful and enthusiastic people across Serbia. Finally we believe that the BELL+ program has been very positive experience for everyone involved, and we are happy to administer the program in 2018/2019.
Here are a couple of quotes and pictures from teachers and their students!
I would like to thank you for the privilege to be part of such a wonderful program. We have managed to create a learning environment full of enthusiasm, love and support. Many learners who applied for the program lacked confidence due to different life circumstances and I believe that giving them the opportunity to learn and track their progress changed their attitudes completely.
BELL+ Teacher from Novi Sad and FLEX alumna
The greatest value of the course is improving students’ competence and confidence when using English; better understanding of American culture and values.
Learner from Belgrade
For most of my students this was a unique chance to finally learn English, many of them did it for the first time. All of them finished the course satisfied with their progress and able to communicate in English.
BELL+ Teacher from Belgrade